Yarra Trams Community Partnerships

Management Committee Member

Organisation : Financial Rights Legal Centre

Location : Sydney (Surry Hills)

Work type : Various

Profession : Board & Committee Members

Sector : Law, Justice & Human Rights

Salary type : Volunteer

Application closing date : 26 Jul, 2019

About the role

The Financial Rights Legal Centre (Financial Rights) is a community legal centre that specialises in helping consumers understand and enforce their financial rights, especially low income and otherwise marginalised or vulnerable consumers.

We are looking to recruit several new members to the Management Committee, to join the current four-member group.

We are looking for people who have expertise in one or a combination of the following areas:

  • Finance and risk management experience
  • Knowledge about transforming businesses
  • Experience using data and technology to support small organisations
  • Human resources experience
  • Experience assessing and sourcing funding for not-for-profits
  • The ability to understand the needs of diverse communities, including CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Above all you will support Financial Right’s mission and work.

This is a volunteer position that requires five – seven meetings a year, held in the evenings at the Centre’s office in Surry Hills, and ad hoc discussions out of session by email.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Financial Rights Legal Centre

We provide free and independent financial counselling, legal advice and representation to individuals about a broad range of financial issues. Financial Rights operates the National Debt Helpline, which helps NSW consumers experiencing financial difficulties. We also operate the Insurance Law Service which provides advice nationally to consumers about insurance claims and debts to insurance companies; and the Mob Strong Debt Help service which assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with credit, debt and insurance matters. Financial Rights took close to 25,000 calls for advice or assistance during the 2017/2018 financial year.

Financial Rights employs close to 30 staff including financial counsellors, solicitors and policy and communications officers to help consumers understand and enforce their rights in relation to financial services. This involves using a range of tools and approaches, including direct financial counselling and advice, legal advice and assistance, litigation, research, policy work and advocacy through the media. Current focus areas include debt management firms, insurance claims handling, insurance product suitability, payday lending and consumer leases, credit reporting, the consumer data right and financial services codes of practice.

How to apply for this role

Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining what they could bring to the Management Committee and attach a brief resume.

Please send applications through by close of business Friday 26 July.

Please quote in application: Management Committee Member via Pro Bono Australia.


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